About places to visit when on safari holidays in South Africa, Mpumalanga which means "Land of the Rising Sun" in the local SiSwati language, has it all - from exhilarating wildlife, to secluded mountain retreats, ancient ruined cities, wild water sports, and some of South Africa's most diverse and vibrant African cultures.
Mpumalanga District year-round sunny weather, soaring peaks, steamy jungles and expansive waterways have also made it home to a bewildering array of adventure sport, from expeditions down the world's oldest caves, to taking flight at the continent's largest paragliding festival. Created immediately after the country's first democratic elections in 1994, Mpumalanga covers 6,5% of the country's surface area, constituting an area larger than Belgium and the Netherlands combined.Its approximately three million people generate R55 billion, or 8%, of the country's annual economic output and enjoy a higher than average quality of life and faster economic growth rate than any other province.
Mpumalanga covers almost 80 000 square kilometres of what some may call God's own country. All of it begs to be explored, from rolling highlands to the lofty escarpment and lush wetlands.
Mpumalanga is one of the premier game viewing areas in all of Africa, where you are introduced to the sights, sounds and textures of an eco-system which has survived the threat of human encroachment and become one of the world's most treasured nature preserves.
Adjacent to the bushveld is the dramatic escarpment with mountain vistas, forests, canyons, waterfalls, colourful traditional communities and quaint pioneer towns just waiting to embrace you. The lowveld encompasses vast areas of the Kruger National Park and adjoining private game reserves, offering unsurpassed opportunities to view abundant concentrations of animal and bird species. The diversity of the fauna and flora ensures that each reserve has its own unique character.
What to See & Do:
The scenically spectacular natural wonders of the highveld include tourist attractions like:
- God's Window
- Bourke's Luck Potholes
- Blyde River Canyon & the Three Rondavels
- Cascading waterfalls
- The Swadini Dam
- Sudwala Caves
- and numerous scenic and historic mountain passes.
The picturesque towns along the Panorama Route are ideal stopovers and the quaint museum town of Pilgrim's Rest pays tribute to the late 19th century gold rush era.
The charming village of Dullstroom and its surrounding areas are a draw-card for avid trout fishermen. Bird watching, horse riding, mountain biking and hiking trails have become popular in this area. The rich fertile farmlands produce delicious sub-tropical products including export quality bananas, citrus fruit, litchis, mangoes, Macadamia and Pecan nuts, tea and coffee. The variety of country retreats nestled amongst these plantations are ideal bases from which to explore the area.
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